Patents are being granted in South Carolina faster than the national rate.
According to The Post and Courier, about 1,600 patents were granted in 2018 with at least one South Carolina inventor’s name on the award. Nearly 170,000 patents were granted across the United States last year.
General Electric, which has a turbine manufacturing plant in Greenville, had 349 of those patents. Boeing, which has a facility in North Charleston, had 75.
Many patents were issued in metalworking and machinery, new software, medical and veterinary sciences and transportation.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has a list of all patent holders on its website.